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Volume 5, Number 2 

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The Magazine of Delta State University .A^ 

Spring l oc 


| ^The Wyatt Years 


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/Delta Currents 

Spring 1 1 >W 

Vol.5, No. 2 

Dr. Kent Wyatt 

Vice President for University Advancement 
Dr. Lerov Morganti 

© Copyright, 1999 Delta State University. 

The Di'/fn Currents is published two times a year by the Office 

of Alumni/Foundation with special assistance from the Office 

of Public Information, P.O. Box 3104, Cleveland, MS 38733 

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Alumni/Foundation Staff 

Executive Director .... Dr. Don A. Skelton 

Assistant Director .... Felicia Applegate 

Alumni Coordinator .... Debbie C. Davis 

Development Coordinator . . Keith Fulcher 

Alumni Secretary ... Missy Pearce 

Foundation Secretary ... Gracie Harkins 

Development Secretary ... Susan Derby 

Bookkeeper .... Wendy McClain 

Public Information Staff 

Director .... Jody Correro 

Photographer .... Bill Moses 

Sports Director .... Bryan Roller 

Secretary .... Gloria Enriquez 

Board of Directors 
Delta State University Alumni Association 
Dr. Jim Avery, president; Charles Holmes, president-elect; Robert 
Taylor, vice president; Beth Embry, secretary; Arthur Johnston, trea- 
surer; Mickey Robinson, past-president; Mellany Evans, Dist. I rep.; 
Craig Verhage, Dist. II rep.; Billy Morehead, Dist. Ill rep.; Chris 
Kelley. Dist IV rep.; George Bassi, Dist. V rep.; Carole Pleasants, 
Out-of-state rep.; Brian Walley; Eddie Gong; Mark Graham; Chip 
Zooper; Tammie Beamon; Dana Warrington; Viola Sanders; Marshall 
Hughes; Lisa Ellis; Christen Aguzzi; John Aguzzi; Ned Mitchell. 

Board of Directors 
Delta State University Foundation, Inc. 

Ned Mitchell, president; Peter jernberg. vice president; Larry Lewis, 
secretary/treasurer; Billy Nowell, past-president; Bill Crump; Frank 

Drennan; Calvin Dye; Donald Green; Dr. Jim Avery; Carolyn 

Manning; Virginia Pepper; Mike Sanders; Ron Tubertini; George 

Walker; Louis Baioni; Elena Barham; Curtis Buchanan; Terrell Cobb; 

l Stacu Davidson; Larni Eifling; Harry Flowers; Gary Gainspoletti; 

Butch Scipper; Paul Watson; Paul Arttnan; Reginald Barnes; Travis 

Casanova; Paul janoush; Ed Kossman; Jon Lrvingston; jimmy 
Newquist; Russell Stewart; jimmy Underwood; Dr. Bennie Wright; 
Hunter Cade, investment advisor; John Quon, faculty representative. 

Delta State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, 
religion, sex, age, disability, or veteran status. 

£\ ontents 


7 Leadership Letters 

17 The Wyatt Years: 1975-1999 
"Quality Without Compromise" 


4 Staff Notes 

5 Editor's Notes 

6 Campus News 

8 Alumni News 
11 Philanthropy 
15 Sports Update 

18 With the Classes 

20 Baby Statesmen 

21 Wedding Bells 

22 In Memoriam 

On the cover 

Page 17 


Page 16 

This issue is dedicated to Dr. Kent Wyatt who, after 24 years of ser- 
vice as Delta State University President, has announced his retirement 
effective June 30, 1999. 

Four In A Row! 

The Delta State University Cheerleading Squad won its fourth consecutive 
Division II National Championship at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, 
FL, on January 7-9. 

t Pdta Currents 

g taff Notes 

Vargas Completes Internship 

Delta State University has 
an active internship program in 
mam' fields of business as well 
as in the arts and sciences. The 
Career Services and Placement 
office is partnering with faculty 
and employers to expand that 
program even more in the 

Robert Vargas (pictured), a 
1998 management and comput- 
er information systems gradu- 
ate recently completed an 
internship with FedEx in 
Memphis in the internal audit 
department. Robert feels that 
Delta State prepared him for his job by not only giving him infor- 
mation, but also by teaching him how to think and problem solve. 
He also found that the experience gained through his internship 
helped to prepare him for the real world of business. 

For more information on hiring Delta State graduates, contact 
Vicki Fioranelli, Director of Career Services and Placement, at (601) 
846-4646 or e-mail Check the web page at 

Robert Vargas 

Can You Identify Them? 

This husband and wife team were a popular Delta State cou- 
ple. He was the first Sports Hall of Fame inductee and she is 
a former "Outstanding Alumna." 

Look Who Stopped By! 

(Left to right) Paul Mancini. Felislia Robinson, 
Senator Tiiad Cochran, and Sarati Deason 

Delta State students Paul Mancini , Jr. (Indianola), Felicia Robinson 
(Shelby), and Sarah Deason (Cleveland) shared a photo opportunity 
with Senator Thad Cochran during a recent visit to the Cleveland area 
and the Delta State University Alumni-Foundation House. 

Warren Completes Training 

Tonya Warren, a 1998 graduate and former student worker in the 
Alumni-Foundation Office, has completed training for her private 
pilot's license. 

Credit for photo to Ann McGrath, Photographer, The Tunica Times 

Everyone Enjoys "Pig Pickin" 

Felicia Applegate, Assistant Director of Alumni & 
Foundation, and Senator Bob Dearing visit at "Pig Pickin." 

/Delta Currents 

ditor's Notes 

s always, we are happy to receive your many notes and 
messages. Thanks for keeping us informed. 

• Four (4) DSU graduates were honored as 1998 Alumni of the Year 
by their respective community colleges. Viola Sanders ('41) bv 
Mississippi Delta; Dr. Ron Chance ('68) by Northwest; Jim Golden 
('82) by Holmes; and Nick Clark ('68) by East Mississippi. 

• Thanks to Chris Wilson ('95) for noting our mistake in incorrectly 
listing his job location in the fall issue. Chris is City Administrator 
for Southaven, MS. 

• Are pleased that Ella Lucas, former "First Lady" at DSU and USM, 
was a 1998 inductee of the USM Alumni Hall of Fame. Class Lady! 

• Col. Thomas Moore ('82), USMC, was the commanding officer in 
charge of evacuating 105 American citizens and 61 international 
personnel from the African country of Eritrea. Accounts of this 
successful operation were detailed on the floor of the U.S. Senate 
and recorded in the Congressional Record on July 20, 1998. 

• Dr. Bill Jenkins (70) of Morton, sent us a copy of his book, Two 
Hundred Years of Heritage and Hope. He writes, "Over the years, 

I have realized the value of a good education, and feel I got the best 
available. 1 am a proud product of DSU!" 

• Sam Adams (36) is a co-author of a collection of short stories titled 
Persons, Places & Things, which is a reflection of Sam's lifelong 
interest in people-watching. 

• Appreciated receiving a copy of 1848-1998, The History of the First 
Baptist Church, Kosciusko, MS, donated to the DSU Library by 
Cadmon and Anne Hughes Porter ('55). 

• Have noticed that Elizabeth Shown Mills' ('65) latest book, 
Evidence! Citation and Analysts for the Family Historian, released in 
1997, is already in its 4th hardback printing. 

• Charlene Baugh Jones (76), editor of The Computer Times in 
Bardstown, KY, scans each issue of Currents for familiar names and 
faces. She writes, "1 have noticed over the years that the quality of 
Delta Currents has increased appreciably." 

• Dr. Patricia Anderson (75), East Carolina University professor, 
writes, "J have many fond memories of Tom Merritt, Eloise Walker 
and others helping me grow and learn. I carry their 'badge of 
honor' into my own classes and strive to be the kind of 
professional they were during my time at Delta State." 

• Joanna Harvey Bearden ('65) and Gaines Bearden ('64) of Denver, 
CO invite their friends to contact them at 

Check Us Out! 

The next time you travel the information superhighway, make it a 
point to stop by Delta State's web page. 

Our site will provide you with information on the following: 

• Alumni Activities 

• Sports Events 

• Bologna Performing Arts Center 

• Delta State University's online admission application 

• Class Schedules 

• Tuition & Fees 

• Faculty, Staff, & Student Directories 

• DSU Bookstore 

• Plus much more 

So the next time you are surfing the information superhighway, be 
sure to use the address above and Get Linked With Delta State! 

Awards Nominations Sought 

Nominations for the S. E. Kossman Outstanding Teacher Award 
and the H. L. Nowell Outstanding Support Staff Award are currently 
being accepted by Delta State University. 

You are encouraged to send letters of nomination to Dr. Frank 
McArthur or Dr. Leroy Morganti, Kethley Hall, Delta State 
University, Cleveland, MS 38733. 

Alumni Dependent Scholarships 

Applications for the Hugh Ellis Walker Scholarships, given annual- 
ly to selected children of active dues-paying members of the Delta State 
University Alumni Association, are available at the alumni office. 
Contact Felicia Applegate for more information, 1-800-468-6378, ext. 6. 

Orientation Dates 

June 15 

Transfer Orientation 

June 21-22 

Freshman Orientation I 

June 28-29 

Freshman Orientation II 

July 9 

Parent Orientation 

July 12-13 

Freshman Orientation III 


(^ ampus News 

Greenville Higher Education Center 
Comes To Life 

Local and state officials were on hand 
Friday, December 4, 1998 to participate in 
groundbreaking ceremonies for the new 
Greenville Higher Education Center. Plans 
call for the $12 million, 75,000 square foot 
facility to be constructed south of the city. 

The realization of this center is a com- 
bined effort of local officials, the area's leg- 
islative delegation, and the three academic 
institutions (Delta State, Mississippi Valley 
and Mississippi Delta Community College) 
responsible for implementing curriculum. 
Curtis Buchanan, chairman of the Greenville 
Chamber of Commerce and member of the 

Mayor Paul Artman and Dr. Kent Wyatt show 

other dignitaries how it's done! 

Photo by David Lush 

DSU Foundation Board of Directors, said that the center "is a long-term dream that has 
become a reality. It is the result of a lot of hard work. With this project, there was a unity 
among our people we've never seen before." 

Delta State's Vice President for Business Affairs Dr. Bob Nettles, who will serve as the 
contact person on the project, pointed out that the center will be a three-story, L-shaped struc- 
ture with 25 classrooms, faculty offices, administrative area, computer labs, two distance- 
learning classrooms and large multi-purpose room with catering facilities. It is anticipated 
that construction will take until November 2000 with classes to start as early 2001. 

A special thanks to David Lush and the Bolivar Commercial for their 
permission to use excerpts from an earlier article. 

Campus Updates 

• Jan Cooper, CIS and Business Education instructor and coordinator of Business Education, 
completed certification requirements as a Certified Novell Administrator (CNA). She was also 
named president-elect for the Mississippi Business Education Association and will be hosting the 
MBEA State Conference at Delta State in September 1999. 

• Carolyn Elkins, assistant professor of English, was recognized as the 1998 Mississippi 
Humanities Council Teacher of the Year. She also won the Poetry Slam for the third consecutive 
year at the Wildacres Writer's Workshop in North Carolina. 

• Dr. Samuel Faulkner, associate professor of Biological Sciences, published several articles in 
1998, including three in the horticulture magazine The Growing Edge . 

• Dr. Stephen King, assistant professor of Speech, received notice that his article, "The Co-oper- 
ation of a "Revolution" Rastafari, Reggae, and the Rhetoric of Social Control," will be published 
in the May 1999 edition of the Howard Journal of Communications. 

• Albert Nylander, assistant professor of Sociology, was named chair of the Department of 

• Dr. Maureen Prospt, dean of the DSU School of Nursing, received the 1998 Mississippi 
Association of Student Nurses' Dean of the Year award. 

• Dr. Michelle Roberts, director of Institutional Research and Planning, was selected to partici- 
pate in the Mississippi Economic Council's 1998-99 Leadership Mississippi Program. 

• Bill Spencer, professor of English, was elected vice-president of the Cormac McCarthy Society 
at their annual conference in El Paso, TX. 

• Dr. Grady E. (Ed) Williams, professor of Biological Sciences, has been named chair of the 
Division of Biological Sciences. He is to succeed Dr. Wayne Walley who is retiring at the end of 
the 1998-99 academic session. 

John Quon 

Distinguished Professor 

Delta State University 
has announced that John 
Quon has been named the 
initial John Yurkow 
Distinguished Professor. 
Quon, a member of the DSU 
Accounting Faculty since 
1971, was recently named 
"Outstanding Educator of 
the Year" by the Mississippi 
Society of Certified Public Accountants. Having 
received numerous recognitions and honors, he 
was the recipient of the South Central Bell 
Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award (1992), the 
S.E. Kossman Outstanding Faculty Award (1992), 
Panhellenic Outstanding Faculty Award ('89, '92), 
and the Robert W. Harrison, Jr. Distinguished 
Faculty Award ('93). A past member of the 
Faculty Senate, Quon currently serves as the fac- 
ulty representative to the DSU Foundation Board 
of Directors. 

Flight Team Tops Again 

Delta State University's Precision Flight Team 
once again has taken the top spot in the Flying 
Events Team championship event and John 
Bowen of Pearl earned runner-up honors in the 
individual competition in the National 
Intercollegiate Flying Association Safety and 
Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) Region 
IV competition in Temple, TX. The win assures 
the team of a slot in this spring's national cham- 
pionship in Selina, KS. It marks the 10th straight 
year Delta State has earned an invitation to the 
national event. 

Check Us Out! 

Delta State has a Web Page! 
Look for us at: 

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J Delta Currents 

J eadership Letters 

Ned Mitchell 

Dr. Jim Avery 

DSU Foundation President's Letter 

Dr. Kent Wyatt's announcement that he will be retiring as President on June 30, 1999, was unwelcome news for 
the entire Delta State family. He is a great leader and holds the respect and admiration of everyone who has any 
connection with or knows about Delta State University. His years as President have been the most successful in 
Delta State's history and the University has attained heights that could not have been dreamed of 24 years ago. 
The Clarion Ledger says, "his greatest achievement may have been his long standing steady hand at the helm." 1 
agree with and echo this, but must add that his vision for the University, his incredible ability for superb fiscal 
management, his total dedication and love for the University and most of all his unquestioned integrity - these 
things, along with that steady hand, all congregate to become his greatest achievement. 

The Wyatt years of leadership have brought us to unparalleled heights, and as we enter our 75th year and start 
toward our Centennial, I envision our institution as being on a plateau. We need to use this plateau as a trailhead 
to begin the climb for more and more achievement. The Foundation is ready, through its partnership with the insti- 
tution, to help take the lead in this climb for success through its private support efforts. 

As Delta State becomes 75 years old and ventures into its next quarter century of opportunity, I would like to 
see our University be the catalyst that sparks an economic, educational and cultural renaissance in the middle 
south. We can be successful in this quest by universally promoting the school, by increasing our student popula- 
tion and interacting more and more with our alumni and friends, while interfacing with the interests of the com- 
munities and businesses in our sphere of influence. The Delta State University Foundation stands ready to help 
make our goals a reality. 


Ned A. Mitchell 


DSU Foundation, Inc. 

DSU Alumni Association President's Letter 

On behalf of the Delta State University Alumni Association, I want to thank you for the continued sup- 
port exhibited during 1998. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Mickey Robinson, Association Past President; 
Dr. Don Skelton, Executive Director; and the DSU Alumni Association staff, the Association was successful 
in many areas during 1998. 

Each year the DSU Alumni Association faces new challenges. The first challenge for 1999 is the retire- 
ment of Dr. Kent Wyatt after 24 years of leadership as President. Dr. Wyatt's accomplishments during his 
tenure are well chronicled in this issue. The most impressive has been his ability to guide the University 
through the severe fiscal problems of the late 1980s and the potential consequences of the Ayers' case and 
have the University emerge stronger and even more vital. 

Dr. Wyatt will be remembered both as an effective administrator and as a loyal champion of Delta State 
University. Since serving as the first full-time director of the Alumni Association, he has remained actively 
engaged with the Association. Although his presence will be sorely missed, we applaud his ability to leave 
truly at the top of his game. The DSU Alumni Association Board of Directors will do everything in its power 
to provide positive input into the selection of his successor. 

Realizing that the volunteering of one's time is one of life's most precious gifts, I ask that you "get 
involved" by becoming an active volunteer for Delta State and the Alumni Association. We need your help 
as we prepare for a new millenium. 



Jim Avery 
DSU Alumni Association 

/Delta Currents 

y^l umni News 

DSU Graduate Heads Corporate Change 

Steve Suhowatsky attended 
Delta State from 1961 to 1964. In addition 
to being an excellent student during that 
time, he was also a member of the 
Statesmen basketball team. There is a 
good chance he occasionally heard his 
coaches refer to the importance of athletes 
developing their strength, speed, agility 
and endurance. 

When Suhowatsky, president of 
Syracuse Supply Company since 1983, 
Steve Suhowatsky envisioned a new name and new organi- 

zation for the company, he recalled those qualities which had con- 
tributed to the survival and success of the 114 year old company. The 
qualities that came to mind were strength, speed, and agility. Today, the 
companv's name is Panthus Corporation. 

While the above-mentioned qualities have played important roles, 
he considers the most significant attribute to be the company's ability to 
change as the market changes and to anticipate the changes. Also para- 
mount to the survival of Panthus has been its history of integrity. 
"There is a long history of a high degree of integrity with our con- 
stituents .. vendors, customers, and employees, and the business com- 
munity in general .. companies that have the highest degree of integri- 
ty are the most successful over a long period of time." 

As to the future of Panthus, Suhowatsky says, "Today we're look- 
ing at somewhere between 10-and 20-percent growth per year based on 
our core businesses (equipment distribution and technology services). 
And we're looking at acquisitions to expand that growth even more." 
As to his personal goals, "I want to get Panthus to at least a half-billion- 

dollar company. And I want to put in place a system for the develop- 
ment of management and people skills that is more organized than we 
have today .. so that when I walk away I'll leave a healthy, well-man- 
aged company behind." 

Following his graduation from Delta State in 1964 with a Bachelor 
of Science degree and major in accounting and after receiving his MBA 
from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1966, 
Suhowatsky began his professional career as assistant treasurer with 
Eagle Picher Industries. He was named Syracuse Supply Company's 
president after serving seven years (1975-82) as president of Eagle 
Picher Bearings. 

Active in civic, social and professional organizations, Suhowatsky is 
a past chairman and member of the Board of Directors for the Syracuse 
Chamber of Commerce, the Metropolitan Development Association 
and chairman of the Lakefront Development Corporation. He was the 
1998 chairman for the Syracuse Boy Power Campaign with the Boy 
Scouts of America and currently sits on the board of directors for 
numerous business and health service organizations. 

For his contributions, he was named an Entrepreneur of the Year 
Finalist in 1994, recognized as Chairman of the Year AGC New York in 
both 1984 and 1989, and received the Rebuilding America Award in 

Listed in "Who's Who in Finance and Industry," "Who's Who in 
America" and Who's Who in the Midwest," he was named Delta State's 
"Outstanding Alumnus" in 1984. 

He and his wife, the former Gail Hartness of Indianola, a 1965 DSU 
graduate, have three children and currently reside in Fayetteville, N.Y. 

Bruckner At Home With NASA 

Bobby Gene Bruckner, a Drew native now 
residing in Merritt Island, FL, graduated from 
Delta State in 1966 earning a bachelor's degree 
with honors in mathematics. He would later 
(1971) receive his master's degree in electrical 
engineering from Florida Institute of 
Technology. His wife, the former Marilyn 
Everitt, graduated from Delta State in 1967 with 
a bachelor's degree in biology and went on to 
receive her medical technology degree. Both 
Marilyn and Bobby graduated from Drew High School and were both 
valedictorians of their respective classes. 

Immediately following graduation from Delta State, Bruckner joined 
NASA in June 1966, as an engineer, responsible for developing telemetry 
and data display systems used in the test and checkout of Apollo/Saturn 
launch vehicles. He later served as Director of Payload Ground System. 
As a senior executive at NASA, Bruckner is now responsible for the man- 

Bobby Gene Bruckner 

agement and technical direction of preflight checkout and integration of 
Space Shuttle and expendable vehicle payloads. This includes customer 
payloads, Spacelab, special structures, deployable payloads, and upper 
stages. He meets with visiting Heads of State and other foreign digni- 
taries, as well as the United States corporate dignitaries regarding pay- 

Among Bruckner's many honors are NASA's Exceptional Service 
Medal and NASA's Leadership Medal. He also received numerous letters 
of appreciation for his organization's role in support of final assembly and 
launch of payloads including the recent Mars Pathfinder Probe. 

A member of IEEE (Institute of Electronics & Electrical Engineers) and 
the NASA-Kennedy Management Association, Bruckner has held numer- 
ous civic organization leadership positions, including serving as the 1997 
Vice Chairman of the Space Congress and past chairman of the Brevard 
County Combined Federal Campaign. In addition, he has served as an 
adjunct professor at Florida Institute of Technology, University of Central 
Florida, and Brevard Community College. 

/Delta Currents 


From Russia With Love 

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What a difference a year makes! Robert ('83) and Marjorie 
Taylor ('85) and their new babies, Spencer and Lauren, can definite- 
ly say that after celebrating their family's first Christmas and New 
Year's holidays together in their recently remodeled home in 

Remodeling the house proved a much easier task than the red 
tape experienced by the Taylors as they sought to complete the 
adoption process for Lauren and Spencer. Applying for adoption in 
April, 1998, the process began with review of videos of Russian chil- 
dren available for adoption. Spencer was the first to be accepted 
and approved. Then came the delays as the couple waited for 
videos of little girls to arrive . "It wasn't the easiest thing to get 
videos in," said Taylor. "At first it seemed real easy, but the rules 
changed as the game was played and it became harder to get the 
children's videos." 

Leaving for Russia on Octoberl5, the Taylors began their trip to 
meet the babies with a lengthy flight to the city of Vladivostok via 
Moscow where they met their adoption agency representative. 
Soon after arriving in Vladivostok, they were taken to see Lauren. 
Not used to seeing people and having never seen a man before, the 
meeting proved stressful for both Lauren and the prospective par- 
ents as she cried throughout their visit. On October 18, the Taylors 
were taken to see Spencer who was in a children's hospital wing 
that served as an orphanage. Spencer had spent the eight months 
since his birth inside this wing. 

Following a brief appearance in court on October 20 to gain cus- 
tody of the children, the Taylors were able to get Spencer the next 
day and Lauren a day later. Following the completion of a required 
10-day waiting period, the family flew to Moscow where they 
would obtain visas for the children. The final piece to the puzzle 
was completed with their arrival in Jackson, MS, after 24 hours in 

Once in Cleveland, Spencer and Lauren wasted little time in 
making themselves at home, and life in the Taylor house is definite- 
ly happy. 

A special tiutnks to Deedra Bookout and the Bolivar Commercial for their 
permission to use excerpts from an earlier article. 


The 1999 Miss DSU Pageant 

The 1999 Miss DSU Pageant will celebrate its 40th Anniversary on 
March 4, 2999, at 7:00 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center 

If you are a former Miss DSU, contact Linda Ross at 846-4666. 

Alumni Chapter News 


Sept. 24 

The S.E. Miss. Chapter met at the Dunhopen Inn in 
Hattiesburg with entertainment provided by Miss 
Delta, Missy Pitts. 

Sept. 24 

The Black Alumni held a phon-a-thon to increase 

Oct. 2 

Members of the Class of 1948 were inducted into 
the Golden Circle at a dinner at the Cleveland 
Country Club. 

Oct. 21 

Members of the DSU Science faculty and staff met in 
Jackson with DSU alumni attending University 
Medical School. 

Oct. 22 

Washington County Alumni had a poolside gather- 
ing at the Ramada Inn in Greenville with entertain- 
ment provided by Renaissance. 

Oct. 31 

The alumni office coordinated an alumni trip to the 
Southern Arkansas football game in Magnolia, Ark. 

Nov. 5 

Alumni from Leflore, Carroll, and Montgomery 
Counties had a dinner meeting at the Greenwood 
Country Club with entertainment provided by 

Nov. 6 

The DSU Travel Group attended Mistletoe 
Marketplace in Jackson. 

Dec. 8 

Members of the Inter-Alumni Council attended a 
meeting in Jackson. 

Dec. 10 

The Alumni-Foundation Office hosted a Christmas 
party for DSU retired faculty and staff. 

Dec. 11 

The DSU Music Alumni held their annual meeting 
on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with Marshall 
Hughes and Jim McCutcheon serving as hosts. 

Dec. 14 

Delta State and Mississippi Valley co-hosted an 
Inter-Alumni Council Reception for area 
legislators and alumni representatives. 


Jan. 23 

The Alumni Association Board of Directors held 

its winter meeting on campus. 

Jan. 26 

Alumni from the Greater New Orleans Area met at 
Vaqueros Restaurant in New Orleans. 

Feb. 18 

The Attala-Holmes County Chapter had a dinner 
meeting at Lakeside Restaurant in Lexington. 

Feb. 25 

A meeting is scheduled for Grenada County 

Mar. 18 

The Gulf Coast Area Alumni will have their 

annual meeting. 

Mar. 30 

The Bolivar County Alumni will host their annual 
Crawfish Boil. 

/Delta Currents 

^Vl umni News 

G. W. "Willie" Gilliam - #1 Storyteller 

Keith Fulcher and "Mr. Willie" share a 
moment at the N.E. Mississippi chapter 
meeting in Tupelo 

G. W. "Willie" Gilliam 
graduated from Delta State 
University Teachers College 
in 1940. The yearbook from 
that year, The Broom, states 
that, after transferring from 
Holmes Junior College, he 
was a member of the football 
and basketball teams and 
"M" Club his two years at 
Delta State Teachers College. 
A closer look reveals the fol- 
lowing: "#10 - Willie Gilliam, 
(Sr.), forward from Rocky 
Ford was a real ball handler. 

He could always be counted on to thrill the crowd." Well, he still thrills 
the crowd! 

Several years ago, Gilliam decided to enter the senior "Storytelling" 
talent competition at the North Mississippi Fair in Verona. After win- 
ning first place, he decided to enter the Mid-South Fair competition in 
Memphis. Once again, he was victorious and lay claim to the title of 
Champion Storyteller of the Mid-South. 

A brief visit with "Mr. Willie" quickly convinces you that his enthu- 
siasm for life has served as a blessing to all who have come in contact 

with him. His retirement has served as an extension of the humor- 
inspired life that typified his professional career as a teacher, coach, 4- 
H advisor, and county agent for Pontotoc County. 

Born and raised in Union County, Gilliam often reflects upon his 
rural up-bringing by stating "We lived so far out, whenever we went 
hunting we had to go toward town." Attending school in the 
Macedonia community, he discovered two loves of his life - basketball 
and his soon-to-be-wife of many years, Delia. Following these discov- 
eries, Gilliam became so fond of school he says, "I just decided to stay 
another year before graduating. I guess that's where the redshirt pro- 
gram started." 

A favorite story of Gilliam is that of his "War" experience. During 
World War II, he enlisted in the Navy and was assigned to Millington 
Naval Base, where he supervised physical training for the next 3 1/2 
years. Finally, he received orders to go overseas. As he prepared for his 
departure, word suddenly came that all transfers were canceled. 
"They'd just got word that the war was over," he recalled. "All I could 
figure was that they (Japan) heard I was on the way and just gave up." 

At age 82 and a dedicated Christian, "Mr. Willie" shares his humor 
and faith equally as he visits with civic groups, church groups and gath- 
erings of all ages. He is fond of quoting "A merry heart doeth good, 
like a medicine." Yes - he is still thrilling the crowds! 

A special thanks to Errol Castens of the Tupelo Daily journal for his 
permission to use excerpts from an earlier article. 

Griffis To Head Mississippi State 

Bryce Griffis of Starkville, a 1954 busi- 
ness administration graduate of Delta State 
University, has been elected president of the 
Mississippi State University Foundation. 

As foundation president, he leads a 
non-profit organization that has helped 
raise more than $116 million in the past 5 
years, while the endowment has grown 
from $79 million to more than $150 million. B H/« Gri ffi s 

Named Delta State's Alumnus of the Year in 1986, Griffis was a 
member of the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning from 
1980 to 1992, serving as president in 1986-87. He currently is a trustee 
of Wood College and the Mississippi United Methodist Foundation, as 
well as chairman of the advisory board for the Starkville branch of 
Deposit Guaranty National Bank. 

A past president of the Mississippi Forestry Association and the 
Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association, Griffis is president of 
Sturgis Timber Company. 

Nichols - Scientist and Author 

Dr. Wilmer W. "Wimp" Nichols, a 1960 
graduate of Delta State University, was rec- 
ognized as the recipient of the Gifted 
Scientist Award, given by the Florida 
Chapter of the American College of 
Cardiology at its annual meeting October 
30-31, 1998, in Orlando. 

Nichols, named as Delta State 
University's "Outstanding Alumnus" in 
1980, has also been notified that his latest book, McDonald's Blood 
Flow in Arteries: Theoretical, Experimental and Clinical Principles, 4th 
Edition, has received a five-star rating by Doody Publishing, recog- 
nized as the foremost independent reviewer of health sciences and 
nursing books. It is noted that only five percent of the books that 
are reviewed receive this highest rating. 

A Booneville native, Nichols and his wife, Arlene, reside in 
Gainesville, Florida, where he teaches and conducts research with 
the University of Florida, College of Medicine, Division of 

Wilmer Nichols 

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William F. Buckley 

First Levingston 
Speaker Named 

Noted conservative 
William F. Buckley, Jr. 
will give the inaugural 
address in the recently 
endowed Levingston 
Distinguished Speaker 
Series at Delta State 
University's Bologna 
Performing Arts Center. 
Buckley will visit the 
University on October 
28, 1999. 

Established by Jon and Bruce Levingston and 
named in honor of their family's longtime com- 
mitment to Delta State, the series will bring a 
leading public figure to the campus each year to 
speak and interact with the University and Delta 

"I am happy to travel to the homeland of Jon 
and Bruce Levingston, and it pleases me to be 
once again in the state where my mother was 
born and raised," Buckley said. 

For more information, call 1-800-468-6378, ext. 6. 

Hearin Foundation 
Makes $83,000 Grant 

The Robert M. Hearin Foundation has award- 
ed Delta State University a grant of $83,000 to 
support two new programs. 

The University's graduate program was 
awarded $45,000 to support graduate fellowships 
in the Master of Science in Community 
Development. Fellowships of $5,000 each will be 
awarded to three graduate students each year 
who will study and conduct research with faculty 
and staff in Delta State University's Center for 
Community Development. 

The Delta State University Department of 
Physical Sciences received a $38,000 grant to fund 
a program which will help secondary school stu- 
dents, college students, the general public and 
agricultural industry understand technolgy and 
its application and implication through a series of 
seminars, workshops and conferences. 

(Left to right) Dr. John Thornell, Dr. Henry Outlaw, Millie 
Wright, Dr. Bennie Wright, and Dr. Kent Wyatt 

Dr. Bennie and Millie Wright Make Gift 

Dr. Bennie Wright of 
Cleveland and his wife, 
Millie, recently made a 
$50,000 gift to the Delta State 
University Foundation to be 
divided equally between two 
funds. Twenty-five thousand 
dollars goes to the Excellence 
in Science Program and 
$25,000 to the Kent and Janice 
Wyatt Faculty Development 

"Delta State helped me 
earn my medical degree, and 
the University also helped 
Millie in her nursing career, " 
Wright said. "We wanted to 
show our gratitude through 
our gift to support the needs of the students and the faculty." 

Dr. Wright earned his bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Delta State 
in 1974 and 1975, while Millie Wright, a registered nurse, received her bachelor of science 
degree in nursing at Delta State in 1990. 

The Campaign for Delta State 

New Challenge Goal of $10 Million by year 2000 



Exceeded original 
$5 million goal! 

(Jan. 1) 

To help the University reach the $10 million challenge goal, send your 
tax deductible gift to P.O. Box 3141, Cleveland, MS 38733. 

/Delta Currents 


philanthro py 

On December 2, 1998, scholarship donors had the 
opportunity to meet their student recipients at a reception in 
the H. L. Nowell Student Union. Two hundred and sixty stu- 
dents, donors, family members, faculty and staff attended 
the reception highlighted by a welcoming speech from Dr. 
Kent Wyatt. Below are several photos from the reception 
representing the 100 privately funded scholarships currently 
awarded to deserving students. 

To discuss establishing a scholarship please call (601) 846- 
4708 or e-mail 

Sylvia Wiggins Poole Memorial Scholarship 

Mr. James Albert Wiggins of 
Cleveland, son of the late Sylvia 
Wiggins Poole, meets recipient 
Amanda Langford. Mrs. Poole owned 
and operated the College Inn from 
1936-1947. Mrs. Poole provided for the 
establishment of her scholarship 
through her will. 

Clark and Aureola Boyd Scholarship 

Arlene Ward Bradshaw Community Health 
Nursing Award 

Patricia White (right), recipient of this 
award named in honor of Arlene 
Bradshaw of Charleston, is congratulated 
by Dr. Maureen Propst, Dean of the School 
of Nursing. This award is given to a 
senior nursing student who plans to work 
in a community health field. 

Leola Griffin Memorial Scholarship 

Mr. W. D. "Doc" Griffin established this scholarship in memory of his late 
wife, Leola. Pictured are (from left) Dr. Richard Myers, Kristi Powell, recip- 
ient, Sadie Griffin and "Doc" Griffin. Mr. Griffin has also provided for 
future scholarships through his will. 

Mrs. Aureola Boyd (center) of 
Cleveland established a schol- 
arship in 1996 to help students 
attend the University. The 
first recipient, Lydia "Elle" 
Mitchell (right) and Dr. Kent 
Wyatt, University President, 
thank Mrs. Boyd for her schol- 

John Yurkow Accounting Graduate Scholarship 

Gene Barger (left) recipient of the John Yurkow Accounting Graduate 
Scholarship meets Helen Yurkow (center), and Dr. Keith Atkinson, Chair of 
the Department of Accounting. John Yurkow taught accounting at Delta 
State from 1958 until 1986. He died in February of 1994. 

Elliott Scholars 

Drs. Robert L. and Mary C. Elliott of Baton Rouge, LA in 1992 established the 
"Elliott Scholars" for students majoring in biology and physical sciences. 
Elliott Scholars receive a full scholarship to cover tuition, fees, room and 
board and a book allowance. (From left) Dr. Henry Outlaw, Chair of the 
Department of Physical Science, Ben Hailey, Leigh Bailey, and Chris Hanks, 
recipients, Dr. Richard Myers, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and 
Dr. Ed Williams, recently named Chair of the Biological Science Department 
are pictured. 

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Scholarship Donor-Recipient Reception 

Robert E. Smith Scholarships 

Mr. Robert E. Smith (left) of Cleveland has established four scholarships 
over the past two years. Three scholarships will be awarded through the 
School of Nursing and one as a Presidential Scholarship. The first recipient 
of a Robert E. Smith Scholarship is Ruth Lopez (center). Pictured with Mr. 
Smith and Ruth is Dr. Don Skelton, Executive Director of the Alumni- 

Raynold Chiz Memorial Scholarship 
Melvin F. Cohen Memorial Scholarship 

Mrs. Louise Chiz of Shaw (third from left) and her family established in 1986 
the Raynold Chiz Memorial Scholarship for a student majoring in business 
and in 1988 established the Melvin F. Cohen Memorial Scholarship for a stu- 
dent majoring in biology. Paul "Bubba" Mancini (right) recipient of the 
Raynold Chiz Scholarship is shown with Dr. Richard Myers, Dr. Ed Williams 
and Mrs. Chiz. 

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H. L. Nowell Scholarship 

Amanda Robinson (second from left) and Jenny Tackett (third from left) 
recipients of the H. L. Nowell Scholarships are congratulated by Linda Ross, 
Director of the H. L. Nowell Student Union and Billy Nowell, nephew of H. 
L. Nowell. 

Audrey Waller Parrish Memorial Scholarship 

Established in 1997 by the daughters of Mrs. Parrish, Mrs. Dee Denton- 
Hammons of Ridgeland (second from left) and Dr. Linda Coleman of 
Cleveland (fourth from left), this scholarship is designated for a student 
majoring in guidance and counseling. The first recipient is Amy Richardson 
(left). Pictured also are Dr. E. E. Caston, Dean of the School of Education, 
and Dr. Virginia Hollimon, Chair of the Division of Behavioral Sciences. 

John H. Tatum Memorial Scholarship 

The family and friends of Dr. John Tatum established this memorial scholar- 
ship upon his sudden death on November 22, 1997. Tatum taught at Delta 
State for 20 years. Michelle McMillan (second from left), the first recipient 
of the John Tatum Memorial Scholarship for a student majoring in German, 
is pictured with Dr. Richard Myers, Carol Tatum (third from left) and 
Dorothy Shawhan, Chair of the Division of Languages and Literature. 

Jimmy Sanders Scholarship 

Asia Ivery (left) is one of two recipients of 
the Jimmy Sanders Scholarships. The two 
scholarships, which were established in 
1975, are designated by Mr. Sanders for 
students majoring in Biological Science. 
Congratulating Asia is Dr. Ed Williams. 

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Johnny Ouzts Scholarship Awarded 

The first Johnny Ouzts Memorial Scholarship was recently award- 
ed to Alex Scheuermann (third from left), Delta State University senior 
biology major from Lafayette, LA. Joining in the scholarship presenta- 
tion were (from left) Dr. Jim Avery, DSU Alumni Association President 
and former student of the late Dr. Ouzts, from Baton Rouge, LA; Peggy 
Ouzts, wife of the late Dr. Ouzts, from Cleveland; and Dr. Mike Daigle, 
DSU alumnus and former student of Dr. Ouzts, from Houma, LA. Dr. 
Daigle, an oral surgeon, initiated the scholarship at the time of Dr. 
Ouzts' death in October, 1992. 

Dr. Ouzts served Delta State for 28 years as Associate Dean of the 
School of Arts and Sciences and Professor and Chair of the Department 
of Biological Sciences. Gifts to the Johnny Ouzts Memorial Scholarship 
may be sent to Box 3141, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS 38733. 

Bologna Performing Arts Center 
Offers Corporate Sponsorships 

DSU President Dr. 
Kent Wyatt (left) and 
Union Planters Bank 
President Willis Frazer 
(right) enjoy a moment 
with Gail Bliss, star of "A 
Musical Tribute to Patsy 
Cline," at the Bologna 

Performing Arts Center. Union Planters is a corporate sponsor for the 
second consecutive season, underwriting "Fiddler on The Roof." 

Other Bologna Performing Arts Center sponsors for the 1998-99 

season are: The Self Foundation, Memphis Hardwood Flooring, 

Morrison Brothers Music, and an anonymous 

sponsor. Print and broadcast media sponsors 

include: The Bolivar Commercial, The Delta 

Democrat Times, Delta Business Journal, WXVT- 

TV, and WABG-TV. Visit the Bologna Performing 

Arts Center's website at For 

information on Corporate Sponsorships call 1-800- 

468-6378, ext. 6. 

Performing Arts Center 
Delta State University 

Nowell Recognized 

Billy Nowell (right), Delta State 
University Foundation Board presi- 
dent from 1996-98, receives a com- 
memorative plaque from his 1998-99 
counterpart, President Ned Mitchell. 
Nowell was recognized at the recent 
Foundation Board of Directors meet- 
ing. Private support for The 
Campaign for Delta State increased 
from $6.1 million to $8.4 million dur- 
ing Nowell's two years as 
Foundation Board president. 

The Phil Hardin Foundation 
Makes $75,000 Lead Gift 

Mr. Tom Wacaster (left), Vice-president for Educational Programs and 
Research for the Meridian-based Phil Hardin Foundation, presented a 
$75,000 gift to establish Tlie Kent and Janice Wyatt Faculty Development 
Endowment Fund. The late Mr. Hardin built the Hardin Bakeries 
Corporation into a highly successful Mississippi business. In 1964, he 
established a charitable foundation to be used for furthering the education 
of Mississippians. 

The Kent and Janice Wyatt Faculty Development Fund helps to accom- 
plish this goal by creating an endowment that will support projects allow- 
ing faculty members to travel to acquire new skills and knowledge, plan 
and implement special academic, artistic and intellectual events, and bring 
visiting scholars to campus. 

"This is a significant gift that will serve to enrich the educational envi- 
ronment for our students through the opportunities provided to and for the 
Delta State University faculty," said Dr. Don A. Skelton, Executive Director 
of the Alumni and Foundation. Gifts to this fund in honor of Dr. and Mrs. 
Wyatt may be sent to Box 3141, Cleveland, MS 38733. 

Corrections to the 1997-98 Annual Report 

The following are corrected membership names in the: 

Presidents Club 

Elena Barham 

Dr. William and Brenda Webb Spencer 

Founders Club Heritage Club 

Glenn K. Brown Tim Harvey 

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Q ports Update 

DSU Athletics: A Program of Success! 

by Dr. Don A. Skelton 

As an alumnus, I am always interested in hearing how visiting fans and professionals 
from other communities and schools look upon the Delta State athletic program, our coach- 
es, athletes, and facilities. 

First, let me sav that the results are overwhelmingly positive in that people envy our pro- 
gram and its record of success. They look upon our athletes as talented and dedicated stu- 
dent-athletes who strive for success in and out of class. They look upon our coaches as pro- 
fessionals who not only know how to win hut how to win the "right" way. They look upon 
our facilities as heing among the best in the nation for a school our size. 

Oddly enough, those of us closest to the action sometime fail to fully realize what an 
excellent job has been done in molding the Statesmen and Lady Statesmen athletic teams into 
a nationally-recognized program of which we can all be proud. I remember Coach Ferriss 
telling me that " sometimes we can't see what we have because we are too close to it." As 
usual, Boo was right! 

While we are counting our blessings, we also need to recognize that all of the above did- 
n't just happen. Somewhere along the way, the "right" administrative decisions were made 
to make this program the best. Many memorable names from the past come to mind as hav- 
ing a role in laying the foundation, but three current administrators have and are playing key 
roles. First and foremost, Dr. Kent Wyatt, a former athlete, has provided guidance and lead- 
ership for the past 24 years in the development of a comprehensive program, based upon the 
principles of quality teaching and sportsmanship. Next, Dr. Jim Jordan has readily accepted 
the challenge of molding and maintaining a program of excellence despite the existing fiscal 
limitations imposed by the State. Lastly, Dr. Milton Bradley has admirably fulfilled the role 
of faculty representative, ensuring the integrity of the program and university. These three 
men are recognized nationally, representing Delta State and the NCAA in various leadership 

The athletic program at Delta State was molded by people who cared. It has been main- 
tained by people who care. As long as we focus on having quality student-athletes, coaches, 
and administrators, others will echo, "they have a great athletic program." 

Kuhn Looking At Higher Goals 

First-year Lady Statesmen Softball coach David 
Kuhn plans to continue the winning ways established 
by the past teams, who have won the Gulf South 
Conference West Division the past three seasons. "It 
is my hope that within the next four years we will be 
in the NCAA regionals. It would bother me not to 
succeed as I expect us to perform well and win." 

Coming to Delta State from Washington School in 
Greenville, Kuhn began his coaching career at 
Greenville Christian School in January 1993. He 
worked there as an assistant football coach, head base- 
ball coach for two years and as the Softball coach for 
one season. In 1997, he worked as a graduate assistant 
under Delta State University baseball coach Mike 

David Kuhn 

Knight Returns to 
Alma Mater 

Todd Knight, who led Delta State to its first 
Gulf South Conference football title in 1998, 
resigned in January to become the head foot- 
ball coach at his alma mater, Quachita Baptist 
University. Knight headed the Delta State 
University football program from 1993-1998, 
recording a 28-32-2 record. 

Statesmen Reap 
Conference Honors 

Five Delta State University players were 
named to the 1998 first-team All-Conference 
Football Team and six others were second-team 

Chosen to the first-team were running back 
Casey Macke, center Andrew Aldridge, tackle 
Chris Rankin, and defensive linemen Melvin 
Houston and Kevin Thomas. Second-team 
honorees were Rick Walker, Willie 
Ducksworth, Jaton Jackson, Ricky Franklin, 
Johnathon Mitchell and Rory Bell. 

Statesmen Baseballers 
Ranked #14 

The NCAA Division II baseball coaches 
have picked the Delta State University baseball 
team to once again be among the top programs 
in 1999 as the Statesmen are pre-season ranked 
#14 in the nation. Following a 39-12 campaign 
in 1998, the Statesmen return two quality pitch- 
ers in Jeremy McClain (9-3) and Jeremy Luse 
(8-4). Among the five returning position play- 
er starters are OF Dee Haynes, one of the 
nation's best offensive players (.392, 21 HR, 74 
RBI), C Neil Bartline (.312), 1B/C Jason 
Cochran (.360, 14 HR, 60 RBI), 2B Todd Bossier 
(.319), and 3B Brian Rea (.439, 38 RBI). With a 
two-year record of 75-32, Coach Mike Kinnison 
is looking forward to another season as the 
Statesmen defend their Western Division 
Championship in the Gulf South Conference. 

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Q ports Update 

Campbell Named DSU Football Coach 

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Steve Campbell, a former DSU assistant 
coach, was named Delta State's Head 
Football Coach on January 26, 1999. In 
announcing Campbell's hiring, DSU 
Athletics Director Dr. Jim Jordan stated, 
"We are excited about Steve coming back to 
Delta State. His coaching background is 
perfect for Delta State." 

"I am thrilled to have an opportunity to 
return to Delta State," Campbell said. 
"Todd Knight has done a good job of build- 
ing the program and we need to take it to 

the next level where we are competing every year for not only the conference championship 
but also the national championship," continued Campbell. 

The 32-year old Campbell comes to Delta State from Southwest Community College 
where he has been the head coach for the past two years. His first Southwest team compiled 
a 5-5 mark - the school's first non-losing season in a decade. In 1998, Campbell led Southwest 
to its first winning season in 12 years, posting a 7-3 record. He was the South squad's head 
coach in the 1998 Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game. 

Beginning his coaching career in 1988, he was a graduate assistant on Pat Dye's Auburn 
staff for two years, with the Tigers winning two SEC Championships, the 1989 Sugar Bowl 
and the 1990 Hall of Fame Bowl. Campbell came to Delta State in 1990 and stayed until 1993. 
He later served as offensive coordinator for the Nichols State Colonels until 1996 before mov- 
ing to Southwest Community College. 

Campbell was a four-year starter during his collegiate career. He was an All-Gulf South 
Conference selection in 1987 and was named academic all-conference three times. He holds 
a B.S. in Economics from Troy State and a Master's of Business Administration from Auburn. 

Campbell and his wife, Shellie have two children, Kelsie, 7, and Steven, 6. 

Inaugural Class of Inductees Announced for 
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame 

The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame has announced that Delta State's Lusia Harris 
Stewart and Coach Margaret Wade are to be recognized in its inaugural class of inductees. 
This historic class, which honors legends from the 106-year history of the women's game, 
includes 26 men and women who have helped establish, shape and define women's basket- 

Wade, who was instrumental in pioneering the resurrection of women's collegiate bas- 
ketball in the U.S., established a 157-23 record during her 6-year stint as head coach for the 
Lady Statesmen. The Wade Trophy, established to recognize the nation's top collegiate 
female basketball player, was named in her honor in 1978. 

Credited with scoring the first points in women's Olympic basketball competition, 
Stewart was a dominant force in the women's game in the 70's. Known for her aggressive 
style and strength, the three-time Kodak All- American is considered by many to be the best 
women's center ever. 

The Stewart-Wade combination led Delta State to consecutive national championships in 
1975, 1976 and 1977 and were the first women inductees into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 
Springfield, Mass. 

1999 U.S. Women's 
Open Comes To 

The single largest and most prestigious golf 
championship open to women professionals and 
amateurs is coming to Mississippi in 1999. Much 
excitement is building as Old Waverly Golf Club 
in West Point, MS prepares to host the 54th U.S. 
Women's Open Championship. May 31 - June 6, 
1999 will provide exciting golf action as 150 of the 
best women golfers from around the globe will 
compete for their most coveted title - National 

Never before has Mississippi held a sporting 
event of this magnitude, so make your plans to 

To order tickets by phone, or for corporate hospi- 
tality and volunteer information, call toll-five: 1-888- 
495-1999, or in Mississippi, (601) 495-1999. 

Spring Sports Day 
Activities Scheduled 

Mark Graham, president of the Athletic 
Alumni Association, announces that April 24 
will be the University's "Spring Sports Day." 

The day's activities include the annual 
Athletic Alumni Golf Tournament, baseball dou- 
bleheader versus Southern Arkansas and spring 
football action. Also scheduled is the Sports Hall 
of Fame Banquet, featuring the induction of 
Scott Butler, Harry Ballard, Willie Collins, John 
Crawford, Kyle Finney, Ralph Moore and Ike 
Taylor with Guy Barr being recognized as Delta 
State University "Distinguished Statesman" for 


Women's Softball Athletes 

An effort is currently underway to locate all 

former women Softball athletes. If you were a 

member of past teams, please contact the 

Alumni-Foundation Office at 

1-800-468-6378, ext.6. 

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he Wyatt Years 1975 -1999 


Quality Without Compromise 


When it was announced in the early afternoon 
of January 20 that a meeting of faculty, staff 
and students would be held at 3:45 p.m., most 
of us knew that it probably had something to do with 
our president's retirement plans. What we didn't 
realize was his plan to leave the presidency 
June 30, 1999. While it had been speculated 
that the time for his retirement was com- 
ing, the reality of a firm date of happen- 
ing hit hard and was unwelcome news 
to all. 

Realizing the potential importance 
of the meeting, most of us arrived early. 
As expected, the first to greet everyone 
was Kent Wyatt, a smile on his face and 
hand extended. As we waited for 
Wyatt's comments, my thoughts were of 
the setting he had chosen to make this 
important announcement. The facility he 
chose was the Performing Arts Center, a dream of 
Wyatt's that became a reality and is now the "cultural 
center" for the Mississippi Delta. The audience he chose 
were those he most credits with the institution's success, its 
faculty, staff and students. 

After announcing his retirement plans, Wyatt continued, 
"When I first addressed the faculty as your President in 
August of 1975, I stated that I was determined that Delta 
State would stand against the rising tide of grade inflation 
and diminishing academic quality, even if we should stand 
alone." Assuming that his original comments were just the 
customary rhetoric associated with inaugural addresses, we 
may not have paid much attention at the time. Today, as we 
look back over Wyatt's years of leadership, we find that he 
has accepted all challenges to his pledge and Delta State's 
reputation of being an institution of academic quality 
remains unquestioned. 

On January 16, 1975, the Board of Trustees of State 
Institutions of Higher Learning appointed Dr. Forest Kent 
Wyatt to the DSU presidency effective July 1, 1975. Over the 

next 24 years the university would experience dramatic 
growth in many areas, including student enrollment, physi- 
cal plant, academic recognition and private giving to the 
institution. Eighteen new buildings would be con- 
structed and many others renovated; the number 
of faculty would increase from 202 to 328; 
every academic program would gain 
national accreditation; and Foundation 
assets would increase more than tenfold. 
During his address Wyatt expressed 
his admiration for a student body who 
is confronted daily by the many temp- 
tations of a changing society and con- 
tinues to "share our belief in a high 
quality of education without compro- 

He praised a faculty and staff who 

"could have left a listing ship but stayed" 

during the late '80s and early '90s when not 

only jobs but the university itself was threatened 

with elimination. It was a period that Wyatt refers to 

as "perhaps the bleakest time for higher education in 


He thanked his wife for sharing her strength and counsel 
throughout his professional life, saying, "I owe Janice a great 
deal and I acknowledge that to you today." As he spoke of 
Janice, my thoughts were of the countless functions they 
have attended over the years in behalf of Delta State and 
how fortunate we are to have had the two of them as our 
President and First Lady. 

In concluding his remarks, Wyatt said, "Very few people 
have the opportunity to live their dream for 24 years. 
Growing up on this campus and becoming its fifth president 
has indeed been the fulfillment of my professional life." 

Following his comments, those in attendance rewarded 
Wyatt with a warm, lasting and well- deserved standing ova- 
tion. It was an emotional time for all and especially for the 
couple who have been "head cheerleaders" for Delta State 
for over 40 years. 

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With The Classes 


Viola Sanders was named "Alumna of the Year" by 
Mississippi Delta Community College. 


Dr. Clyde Muse, president of Hinds Community 
College, was the Mississippi College summer com- 
mencement speaker. 


Bryce Griffis, a member of the board of trustees for 
Wood College in Mathiston, has been elected to a two- 
vear term as president of the Mississippi State 
University Foundation. 


Elbert Hilliard, who began working at the Mississippi 
Department of Archives and History in 1965, has 
served as the department director since 1973. 


Spencer Williams has retired from Commercial Credit 
in Grenada after 40 years of service. 


Ned Mitchell was named Delta State University's 
Outstanding Alumnus of 1998. 


Solon Smith, Jr. has joined Guaranty Bank and Trust as 
president of the Greenville operations. 

Stephen J. Suhowatsky is president and CEO of 
Panthus Corporation, headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y. 


W. Parks Johnson has joined the Smith Shellnut 
Wilson investment firm of Jackson as a principal. 

Dr. Sam Polles is executive director of the Mississippi 
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. 

Daphne Holcombe has been named chief financial offi- 
cer for the city of Tupelo. 

Elizabeth Shown Mills is the president of the 
American Society of Genealogists, a scholastic honor 
society whose members are tapped for the quality of 
their published research. 


Jim Miles, athletics director at Northwest Community 
College, was inducted into the Delta State University 
Alumni Coaches Hall of Fame. 


Dorothy Johnson, principal of Myrtle Elementary 
School, was selected by the State Association of 
Educators to represent Mississippi at the Indoor Air 
Quality Conference in Washington D.C. 


Mary Ann Crain Mitchell is a member of the Yazoo 
Count)' School Board. 

J. Nick Clark was named East Mississippi Community 
College's Alumnus of the Year for 1998. 

Dr. Sandra Love was recognized with the 1998 Texas 
National Distinguished Principal Award from the Texas 
Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association. 


Jerre Harris, director of benefits for Thomas & Betts 
Corporation in Memphis, Tenn., has been appointed to 
the board of directors for Delta Dental of Tennessee. 

T. Steve Cwikiel Jr. is senior information systems audi- 
tor for Federal Express in Memphis. 

John M. Blanks is vice president/commercial loan offi- 
cer at Community Bank in Hattiesburg. 

Rev. Bennie Watson was honored for thirty years of 
service to Providence Baptist Church in Carrollton. 

Danny Williams has been appointed to the board of 
directors for the Bank of Mississippi in Hernando. 

Judy Morgan, girl's basketball coach in Quitman, was 
inducted into the 1998 Mississippi Association of 
Coaches Hall of Fame. 

Harry Dickman is principal of Woolfolk Elementary 
School in Yazoo City. 


Donna Surholt is president and co-owner of Moore 
Paper and Janitorial Supply in Clarksdale. 

Melnee Frazier, an instructor at Copiah-Lincoln C.C., 
was named the state's "Outstanding Business 
Educator" by the Mississippi Business Education 

Shirley Cartlidge is director of Federal Programs for 

Yazoo City. 

Benny Herring is the director of Public Works for 



Yvonne Stanford is director of Library Services at 
Coahoma Community College. 

Wanda Latham Thomas has earned a Masters degree 
in Education Technology from Miss. State University. 

Sue L. Patterson has been appointed to serve on the 
History Commission in Fairfax, Virginia. 


Theron McGregor recently published his book "Tall 

Louella "San" McDaniel has retired from the 
Indianola School District with thirty-plus years service. 

Beverly Antici is principal at Lee Academy 
Lower/Middle School in Clarksdale. 

Michael McAdory is principal of Noxapater 
Elementary School. 


Bunny Schmaltz is an assistant principal in Beaumont, 


Patricia Pittman Simpson, whose son, Will, is the SGA 
president at DSU, is a teacher at Greenbrier, Tenn. 

Joseph Crews is a member of the board of directors for 
the Cleveland (Miss.) State Bank. 

Mary Ann Stotts is guidance counselor at Central 
Holmes Academy in Lexington. 

Regina Chrestman was the recipient of the Meritorious 
Achievement Award at Itawamba C.C. 


Larry Jones, formerly superintendent for Franklin 

County Schools, has been named Associate 

Superintendent of Education for the State of 


Donald Pittman is the chief operating officer for The 

Valley Bank in Greenwood. 

Hayden Mitchell is senior vice president of Retail 
Operations at Union Planters Bank in Hattiesburg. 


Joey Babb has been appointed senior vice president of 
the Madison-Ridgeland branches of Merchants & 
Farmers Bank. 

Sonny Clay is a teacher, assistant football and baseball 
coach at Natchez High School. 

Bob Davis is director of personnel with Adams's Mark 
Hotel in SugarLand, Texas. 

Charlene Baugh Jones is executive editor of Computer 
Times of Bardstown, Kentucky. 


Glinda Hardy, at the request of the State Department 
of Education, authored the supplementary handbook 
for language arts curriculum. 

Donna Burris is clinical coordinator for the geriatric 
psychiatric program at RiverPark Regional Medical 
Center in Vicksburg. 


Pauline Rhodes is principal of Coahoma County 
Junior High School in Clarksdale. 

Tommy Ward is a guidance counselor and boy's bas- 
ketball Coach at French Camp Academy. 

Charlie Wright was a 1998 inductee into the Belhaven 
Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson. 


Loree Hughes is a special education teacher at 
Coahoma County High School. 

Dr. David Daigneault, band director at Grenada, was 
the recipient of the National Federation Interscholastic 
Music Association Award. 

Rev. Keith D. Williams is the pastor of the Magee 
(Miss.) Church of God. 


Phyllis Boatman is an instructor at Southern Arkansas 
University Tech in Camden, Ark. 


Steve Clark has completed certification training as a 
State 4-H Field and Stream Volunteer Leader. 

Dr. Ronald A. Braswell has opened the Oktibbeha 
County Hospital Regional Eye Center in Starkville. 

Carolyn Lawrence has completed her MSN at the 
University of Southern Mississippi and is a clinical 
nurse specialist at Independence Regional Health 
Center in Missouri. 

Samuel "Butch" Keller, Jr. is headmaster and basket- 
ball coach at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot School near 
Richmond, Virginia. 

Patricia Burt Brown teaches English at N. Delta 
Alternative School in the West Tallahatchie School 

Suzanne LaForge was the recipient of the Compaq 
Customer Service Excellence Award. 

John Sacco is assistant registrar for Transfer Student 
Services at CUNY/Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

Steve McClellan, vice president of Fiscal Affairs at 
Northwest Miss. C.C, was honored as the region's 
Outstanding Chief Business Officer at the Community 
College Business Officers International Conference. 


John Mullins is the superintendent of Education for 
Tishomingo County. 

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With The Classes 

Jim Golden was named the 1998 "Alumnus of the 
par" tor Holmes Community College. 

Rusty Parker was named corporate business analyst 
for Customer Service at Delta and Pine Land Company. 


Carla Clark is asst. district attorney for Mississippi's 
11th Circuit Court District 

Millicent Ledbetter is director of the Yazoo County 
Office of the Warren-Yazoo Mental Health Service. 

Lynnette D. Morrison was selected to participate in the 
Miss. State Department of Education Exemplary 
Teachers Program. She was also chosen as webmaster 
for the MS Exemplary Teachers Web Pages. 


Jackie Fulgham is office manager of the Cleveland 
Employment Service Office of the Mississippi 
Employment Security Commission. 

John Buchanan is the principal of Quitman (Miss.) 
High School. 

Robert Pannell is the current president of the 
\li--issippi Golf Association. 

Will Tierce works as a quality control engineer at 
Owens, Illinois. 

Tracy Anderson accepted a position with the Board of 
Governors of the Federal Reserve in the Division of 
Consumer and Community Affairs in Washington, 


Ken Causey is radio host for the Winston Cup Weekly 
Update Show for 93.5 radio station in Clinton. 

Charles Michell was named vice president of informa- 
tion systems of Delta and Pine Land Company. 


Bill Bailey is a senior sales representative with Terra 
Industries in Grenada. 

Suzanne M. Bailey is the manager of Rehabilitative 
Services at Madison County Medical Center in Jackson. 


Jim Stafford was promoted to Chrysler Manager with 
Mitchell Automotive Superstore in West Point. 

Dwight Vick is a drug policy analyst and anti-tobacco 
use program evaluator with Maricopa County 
Department of Public Health Services in Phoenix, 

Mark Free is southern regional Sales Manager for 
Mississippi Lime Company of Alton, Illinois. 


Dr. Robert C. McEachern, III has opened his practice 
with the Jackson Pulmonary Associates, P.A. for the 
practice of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and 
Sleep Disorders Medicine. 

Pam Burleson is director of the Tech Prep Career 
Center at Aberdeen High School. 

Billy Lester is computer systems administrator for 
Madison (Miss.) County. 

Lane Sorgen is a managing consultant with Microsoft 
in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Audrey Hannah Thompson is a speech-language 
pathologist with Manner Health Corp. in Franklin, 


Pam Pruett, a high school english teacher in Columbia, 
Tenn. has received The National Council of Teachers of 
English Award for Excellence. 

Cynthia K. "Cindy" Lloyd is a seventh-grade math 
teacher at Lockard Elementary School in Indianola. 

Tana Pittman Vassel is an industrial development 
assistant with the Coahoma County Chamber of 
Commerce in Clarksdale. 

Ruth Striebeck was recognized for her excellence in 
teaching, being named the 1998 "Wal-Mart Teacher of 
the Year" in Greenville. 

Johnny Burks coached the Cullman High School 
Tennis Team to the 1998 Alabama Class 5A State 
Championship. In the last four years under Burks, 
Cullman has produced twelve individual state champi- 

Gave Holecek Hawthorne is the secretary for the 
Family & Consumer Science Department at Delta State. 


West M. Williamson is director of membership ser- 
vices for Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor soci- 
ety for community colleges, in Jackson. 

Dr. Jenay Neely has completed medical residency 
training and board certification in Family Medicine and 
is practicing Family Medicine in Blue Ridge, Georgia. 

Renee Moore, a teacher at Shelby Broad Street High 
School, delivered the keynote address at the Eighth 
Annual Teacher Researcher Conference in Washington, 

Andrea Kimbrell is the supervisor for Home CPA 
Group's office in Belzoni. 

Chris Savage is assistant vice president of Trustmark 
National Bank in Jackson. 

Julianne Wilson Young is a counselor with the State 
Department of Rehabilitation Services in Greenville. 

Ross Reily was the recipient of the 1998 "Sportswriter 
of the Year" award for the Southern League. 


Dr. Glenn McCrory is an OB-GYN resident in New 
Orleans, La. 

Dwight Herlong is warehouse manager for Abbott 

Laboratories S.E. Regional Distribution Center in 


Karon White Stanford has earned a master of science 

degree in Counselor Education. 

Stephanie Wheeler Gilder is the principal of 
Greenbrook Elementary School in Southaven. 

David Clark is assistant director of Student Life at St. 
Louis University. 

Deven Hill is a fourth grade teacher at Indianola 


Jared Brownlee is assistant to the director of bands at 
East Central Community College in Decatur. 

Jody M. Griffin is stationed with the Air 
Reconnaissance Squadron at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. 

Gaye C. Williamson is a loan originator at Sumner's 
branch for Union Planters Bank. 

Penney Pyles Godot is general manager of Extended 
Stay America in Jackson. 

David Pascal Everett is minister of music and youth at 
First Baptist Church in Pocahontas, Ark. 

David K. Ashley is a special education teacher at 
Corinth High School. 

Randy Newman is the graduate studies coordinator in 
Health Administration at the University of Memphis. 


Paxton Mogenson is vice president for Consumer and 
Commercial Lending at Trustmark in Magee. 

Janet Whitfield is teaching second grade at Carver 
Elementary in Indianola. 

Charles A. Branch has received certification as a 
Certified Public Accountant. 

Margie Benson is an art teacher for the Holly Springs 
School District. 

Kelly B. Hales is financial advisor/retirement plan- 
ning specialist for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in 

Scott David Caulder is associated with the U.S. Army- 
Corps of Engineers at Grenada Lake. 

Sam Pearson is athletic director and secondary princi- 
pal at Hebron Christian School in Houston. 

Laurie Elise Griffin received her masters in speech- 
language pathology from Northeast Louisiana 

Beau Garverick is working as equity portfolio manag- 
er with Trusco Capital Management in Atlanta, Ga. 

Yvonne Kelly is promotion project accountant for 
Weston Companies in Memphis. 

Richard E. Smither is a H&PER instructor and assis- 
tant football coach at Coahoma Community College. 

Vicki Bennett Taylor is a marketing analyst with 
Union Planters Bank in Memphis, Tenn. 

Brad Cohen is assistant vice president and lending offi- 
cer with Bank Plus in Madison. 

Andrea Broadaway Cohen is a visual merchandiser 
with the Northpark McRae's store in Ridgeland. 


David Kuhn is the women's Softball coach at Delta 

Gae Wade is an auditor and travel coordinator w'ith the 
Mississippi Department of Transportation in the 
Financial Management Division. 


Kristy White Armstrong is executive director for the 
Northeast Mississippi Museum in Corinth. 

Dr. Wilma Wade is administrative assistant to the 
superintendent of Clarksdale Public Schools. 

Jerry Richardson is teaching special education at 
Indianola Junior High School. 

Jennifer Wilson is the principal of Aberdeen High 

Anita Channell is systems analyst coordinator at Rush 
Foundation Hospital in Meridian. 

Fred Thomas "Trey" Cooke III is director of the Delta 
F.A.R.M. Program, an association of agricultural pro- 
ducers and landowners who promote environmental 
stewardship initiatives in the Mississippi Delta. 

Sterling H. Bonds has completed USAF pilot training 
as a distinguished graduate, receiving the AETC 
Commander's Trophy, Flying Training Award, and 
Academic Training Award. 

David G. Gore has been accepted into the USAF 
Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Program. 

Chris Wilson is city administrator for Southaven. 

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With The Classes 

Jeremiah Burks, an administrator with the DeSoto 
Counti.' Schools, attended the Harvard University 
Summer Institute this past summer. 

Howard Sims was named the "Teamleader" for the 
Year 2000 Project in Atlanta, Ga. 

Misty Boyd Moseley is Facility Rehabilitation Director 
with Xovacare in Texas. 

Daniel Barfield has joined the staff at DeVoe Company, 
CPA's in Oxford. 


Jav Buckley is a credit officer with Trustmark National 
Bank in Jackson. 

Shannon Treadway is a pilot for Continental Express, 
based in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Rene Babischlein was the recipient of the Biloxi 
Chamber of Commerce 199S Educator Award as 
"Junior High School Teacher of the Year." 

Lvn Warren Hubbard is teaching the fourth grade at 
Leland Elementary in Leland. 

Stephen Gross graduated from Texas Heart Institute 
and is a perfusionist in Memphis. 

Christa Chadwick is administrative events coordinator 
with ATC Inc. in Antioch, Tenn. 

1st LL Russell S. Jenkins is training officer with the 
124th Signal Battalion at Fort Hood, Texas. He has 
completed the Ranger Course, earning the Expert 
Infantrvman's Badge and the Armv Commendation 

Kathryn Bertin is marketing coordinator with .Aircraft 
Parts International in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Bill Ball is assistant men's basketball coach at 
Mississippi State University. 

Amy Ford is a pilot with Northwest Airlink in 
Pensacola, Honda. 


Rosetta Howard is director of continuing education 
and communitv service at Coahoma C.C 

Celeste Embrey is the reigning Miss Hospitality of 
DeSoto County. 

Beth Smith is the Extension Home Economist/4-H 
Youth Agent for Tallahatachie Countv. 

Stephanie Hall is a manager for CI Memphis, which is 
a FAA Repair Station. 

Charles Thomas Taylor is an investigator with the 
Department of Corrections at the Mississippi State 
Penitentiary in Parchman. 

Jennie Mitchell graduated from Vanderbilt University 
with a MEd with an emphasis in Earlv Childhood 
Special Education and is employed as a resource 
teacher for Williamson Count)' Schools, Tenn. 

Byron C. Haynes is vice principal at Amanda Elzey 
High School in Greenwood. 

Jennifer Fisher is a girl's basketball and cross countrv 
coach at Warren Central in Vicksburg. 

Ryan Porter is Adams Christian's baseball coach in 

Melesia Foster is a chemist at Baxter Health in 

Valerie Barragan is associated with an international 
newspaper in Quito, Ecuador. 


Billy Davis is a news reporter with The Panolian in 
Bates ville. 

Chase Fulgham is attending law school at the 
University of Mississippi. 

Janie Moore Payne teaches fifth-grade language arts 
and social studies at Ruleville Central Elementary. 

Ella Anderson is teaching Allied Health at Gentry 
High School in Indianola. 

Mary L. Hardy is employed at Toddler Town Learning 
Center in Greenville. 

Brandy Lynn Emmett Napoli is pursuing a degree in 
Physical Therapy at LSU Medical College. 

Dorothy Ann Williams teaches computer applications 
and accounting at Gentry High School in Indianola. 

Jennifer A. Tanner is pursuing a graduate degree at 
LSU while working as a speech pathologist for the 
McComb Public Schools. 

Greg Nordstrom is an associate with Maxim Group, an 
YI Consulting Firm based in Baltimore. 

Elton Montie Moore is a dispatcher and deputy Sheriff 
for the Rankin County Sheriff's Department. 

Tonya Warren, an employee with Federal Express in 
Memphis, has completed her solo flight training for her 
pilot's license. 

Baby Statesmen 

Note: All births in 199S unless otherwise indicated 

Tyler to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Todd Thompson (Audrey 
Hannah '88) on February 4, 1997. 

John Thomas Mitchell to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Stanford (Karon 
White '91) on October 12, 1997. 

Lela Marie to Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Casaveshia '93 
(Kelly Holley '88) on January 24 

Danielle Elizabeth to Mr. and Mrs. Barry Lyons 'S4 on 
February 5. 

Stephanie Lucille to Mr. and Mrs. Randy Young (Julianne 
Wilson '90) on February 20. 

Mitchell Gray to Mr. and Mrs. William Mundroff (Michelle 
Campbell '89) on March 19. 

Sara Douglas to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Jones I Renae Steen '93) 
on March 24. 

Hannah Lee to Malinda Poynor Battey '92 on March 27. 

Carle> Laken to Mr. and Mrs. Scott David Caulder '93 
(Melanie Parker) on April 13. 

Nicholas Dale to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Sorgen '91 on April 18. 

Braxton Elizabeth to Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Clark (Julie 
Massie '93) on April 20. 

Elizabeth "EUe" Jeanette to Mr. and Mrs. Herd (Rhonda 
Smith '85) on April 24. 

Braden Lynn to Mr. and Mrs. Furness Karri '97 on April 28. 

Christian Chalmers to Mr. and Mrs. Eric S. Vickery 
iKimberly Boyd '88) on May 9. 

Jacob Stewart to Mr. and Mrs Stewart Gregg Hurley '93 
'Suzanne Wrobel) on May 25. 

Laurie Marie to Mr. and Mrs. Mike Thomas (Kelli O'Brien 
94) on May 28. 

Gerard James & Michael Patrick to Mr. and Mrs. Gerard 
McCarthy (Karen Kaye '87) on June 5. 

Samuel Jenkins to Mr. and Mrs. Lane Sorgen (Wendy 
Flemmons '90) on June 10. 

Chandler Faith to Mr. and Mrs. Mike Moore '85 on June 11. 

Olivia Katherine to Mr. and Mrs. Goeff Crane (Robin '92) 
on June 16. 

Jeffrey Chase to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey WTritnev (Deborah 
Woodruff '92) on June 24. 

.Anna Kathryn to Mr. and Mrs Daniel Joe Beckett 'S4 
I Debra Smithart '85) on July 4. 

Man" Claire to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Racklev '83 I Paige 
Everett 'S5) on July 4. 

Rachel .Anna to John Robertson '93 on July 14. 

Bethany Claire to Mr. and Mrs. Wes Black '94 (Mary 
Avgoustakis) on July 30. 

Braden Christopher to Mr. and Mrs. James "Chris" 
Kirkland '95 I Angie Carr '95) on July 15. 

Peyton LauTence to Mr. and Mrs. Dickie Peralto 'S5 
1 Penny Pamell '84) on July 15. 

Edgar Allen II to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Scott (Jackie Ellis '91) 
on July 17. 

Adam Brooks to Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Heming (Karen 
Adams '91) on July 23. 

James Alston, V to Mr. and Mrs. Clapp (Tammy Clifford 
'86) on August 6. 

Lauren Elizabeth to Mr. and Mrs. Chris Gounce MS i Leslie 
'97) on August 7. 

Taylor Dennis II to Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Burrell '94 on 
August 10. 

Stephen Michael III to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Gross '96 
Chelle May '95) on August 14. 

Taylor O-Lvnn to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy O-Lvnn Collins 
'87 (Johnna Drago 'S5) on August 19. 

Timothy James HI to Mr. and Mrs. Tim Durham, Jr. '90 
I Maxine Bryan '94) on August 20. 

Brvce Lanier to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Scott '86 on August 22. 

Margaret Lynn to Mr. and Mrs. George Mangum '87 (Kim 
Columbus '89) on August 23. 

Sunny Marie to Mr. and Mrs. Bailey (Mary Evelyn 
Ferguson 'S9) on August 31. 

Runa Patterson to Mr. and Mrs. Jim King (Elizabeth Ware 
'91) on September 11. 

.Anne-Grace to Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Gregory (Scarlet Steed 
'91) on September 11. 

Sarah Elizabeth to Mr. and Mrs. Will Tierce S4 (Nancy 
Armstrong '85) on September 16. 

Corley Greer to Mr. and Mrs. Owen Bass Jennifer Estes 
'94) on September 25. 

Thomas Leon "Tripp", III to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Macon, Jr. 
'94 (Julia Williams '94) on October 6. 

John Thomas to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bruckner, Jr. '85 
(Susan) on November 17. 

Coleman Scott to Mr. and Mrs. John Scott Suber '93 
(Mandy Toole '93) on November 17. 

Landen Dale to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Strickland '95 (Brandi) 
on January 11, 1999. 

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Wedding Bells 

Note: All wedding dates arc in 1998 unless otherwise indicated 

Charlene Baugh Jones 76 to Terrance 
Kibiloski on Oct. IS, 1447. 

Michelle Adleman '97 to Rav Edward 
Gilbert '93 on Dec. 20, 1997. 

Misty Suzanne Golden '98 to Jeffrey 
■shop Lacey on Feb. 27. 

Evelyn Stallings Carroll '51 to Frank 
San ilorn on March 22, 

Brandy Emmert '98 to Guidano 
Napoli '47 on May 16. 

Laura Elizabeth McCalop '91 to 
William Chad Wiginton on June 6. 

Karen Robertson '97 to Michael 
Jefcoat '97 on June 12. 

Stacy Cox '97 to Marcus Doss on June 

Karen Sims '98 to Garrett Hartley on 
June 20. 

Terri Dawn Hammett '95 to Scott 
Anthony Noah on June 27. 

Ashley Dawn Murrell to Kevin 
Christopher Hawkins on July 11. 

Carol Ann White '65 to Chip 
Westbrook on Julv 17. 

Kenzie Geneva Walter to Benjamin 
Ray Winstead '98 on July 18. 

Veronica Michelle Williams to Phield 
Parish IV '98 on July 18. 

Tangela Ingram '95 to Mark Bland on 
Jul\ IS, 

Lisa Michele Schoggen '97 to Michael 
Curtis McCain, Jr. on July 18. 

Penney Lou Anne Pyles '92 to Scott J. 
"Skip" Godot on July 18. 

Michelle Leigh Mathews to Parker Taft 
Stubbs '85 on July 18. 

Allison Denise McCollum to Kent L. 
Rowsey '86 on July 18. 

Jacqueline Scott '89 to Larry Darnell 
Scott on July 24. 

Stephanie Dawn Wallace to John Jay 
Walton '98 on July 25. 

Fikisha Serena Brown '98 to Freddie 
Lee Nelson on August 1. 

Jennifer Ann Hilderbrand 48 to John 
Howell Amnions on August 1. 

Jennifer Michelle Rice '98 to Joseph 
Carroll Ashley, Jr. '47 on August 8. 

Kimberly Maria Hannah '97 to Terrv 
L. Brown, Jr. on August 8. 

Denise Rayanne Smith '98 to Robert 
Crosby Naron, Jr. on August 15. 

Alicia Ann King to James Preston 
Giles '92 on August 15. 

Melanie DeShea Coleman '86 to Luke 
E. Billman on August 15. 

Kimberly Marie Holden to Marshall 
Buckner Sealy '97 on August 15. 

Kimberly Jo Lynn to William Jeff 
Martin '96 on August 15. 

Jennifer Roark to Kevin Scott Long '93 

on August 22. 

Amy Leigh Johnson '48 to George 
William Clifford III '98 on August 29. 

Carolyn Louise Loughran '95 to Jason 
Andrew Dwyer on Sept. 5. 

Kristen Beth Cummings '97 to 

Matthew Andrew Shamblin on Sept. 5. 

Farrah Lauri Dennis '98 to Walter 
Anthony Cox '98 on Sept. 5. 

Stacey Patience Parker '91 to David 
Anthony Smalls on Sept. 5. 

Shelly Rena Snyder '89 to Michael 
Adrian Simi on Sept. 5. 

Julia Clay "Jill" Disharoon to Lt. 
Cameron J. Geertsema on Sept. 12. 

Tina Lynn McMurry to Frank R. 
"Chip" Moore '94 on Sept. 12. 

Amy Suzanne Truitt '98 to Christopher 
Brian Poole on Sept. 12. 

Stepanie Dawn Tanksley '48 to 
Richard Madison Avant'48 on Sept. 12. 

Tina Marie Shinn '98 to Cory Franklin 
Vining on Sept. 19. 

Betsy Ann Bryant '96 to Mark 
Anthony Ritchie on Sept. 19. 

Carolyn Ann Collier '98 to Spencer 
Lynn Holman '98 on Sept. 19. 

Scott V. Andress '90 to Memrie Elanie 
Medders '91 on Sept. 20. 

Catherine Tamyne Couch '95 to 
Robert Patrick Armour '95 on Sept, 26. 

Denise Elaine Bright '48 to Dennis 
Michael Treadwav on Oct. 3. 

Mary Faye Hooker '98 to Simon 
Edward Kossman III '94 on Oct. 3. 

Panchola Michelle Hayes '48 to 
Dexter Renard Dockery '93 on Oct. 10. 

Jonas Robb Oswalt '93 to Jennifer 
Chris Mansfield on Oct. 10. 

Kimberly Dawn Crowell to Ned 
Carthman Higgason '44 on Oct. 17. 

Sondra Shea Ford to Wyatt Knight 
Rives '93 on Oct. 17. 

Shannon Elizabeth Hazzard '97 to 
Daniel Joseph Barfield '95 on Oct. 17. 

Rhonda Kaye Killebrew '95 to 

Christopher Louis Rousseau on Oct. 17. 

Susie Blackmar Morris to Dr. Lee 
House Baker '89 on Oct. 17. 

Katherine Torrey Ray '96 to Bartley 
Decell Daughdrill '96 on Nov. 7. 

Patty Vaughn Wilder to Alan Wayne 
Roberts '95 on Nov. 7. 

Jo Ann Holloway '89 to John Eric 
Clark on Nov. 7. 

Meredith Cole Hawkins '46 to John 
Harland LeMav on Nov. 14. 

Shelly Denise Spruill '45 to Johnathon 

Mark Stovall on Nov. 14. 

Tiffany Dawn Woisham to Willard B. 
McDaniel '98 on Nov. 17. 

Annie Laurie Futey '96 to Triad Joseph 
Simpson on Nov. 21. 

Jennifer Coulter Key to Michael Aaron 
Thomas on Nov. 21. 

Katie Regina Anderson to Matthew 
Banning Thomaston '98 on Nov. 27. 

Kathleen Hodges Minniece to Cody 
Torrence Maharrey '48 on Dec. 5. 

Leann Jeanette Medlin '85 to Larry 
Clayton Collier on Dec. 5. 

Susan Michelle Oswalt '47 to Michael 
Williams Long on Dec. 12. 

April Saylors to Mark West '41 on 
Dec. 12. 

Georgina Elizabeth Foust '47 to 
Bobby Lane Jenkins, Jr. '46 on Dec. 12. 

Gretchen Gardner '97 to Mathew 
Hunter McCalop on Dec. 16. 

Jana Lauree Terrell '90 to Andrew 
Hayes Bardwell on Dec. 14. 

Bettve Sue Smith to Saxon Durham on 
Dec. 19. 

Melissa Lynn Stone '97 to James 
Robert Farris on Dec. 19. 

Michelle Renee Nichols '98 to Scott 
Lamar Knight on Dec. 19. 

Yolanda Denise Harris '92 to Lorenzo 
N. Lloyd on Dec. 26. 

Ramona Pascha Bryant '97 to Nakia 
Maurice Baker on Dec. 26. 

Aimee Darr Hammack to William 
Mark Robinette '43 on Jan. 2, 1999. 

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In Memoriam 

Note: All deaths in 199S unless otherwise indicated 

Sally Scott Richey '80 died April 28. 

John A. Gardner J4 died July 10. 

Napoleon L. "Nap" Cassibry, Jr. died July 21. 

Annie Bell Yarbrough Davis '36 died July 24. 

James Langin 74 died July 31. 

Anthony "Tony" Cintgran '56 died August 16. 

Robert Nelson "Bobby" Carlisle '68 died August 24. 

Bobbe Carr Hathom '74 died August 31. 

Bertie Shegog Joiner '75 died September 4. 

Harold Dean Oswalt '69 died September 30. 

Edward Lee Crews '41 died October 23. 

Dorothy E. Medders '36 died October 27. 

Elvira Jackson Morris '69 died October 29. 

C. Keith Allred '92 died November 3. 

Mary Shaw died November 7. 

Jobie Terrell Melton '36 died November 16. 

Janis G. King died November 24. 

Aubrey Wade "Buddy" Tackett died November 26. 

John Halsey Davis, Jr. died November 28. 

Samuel C. Broussard '62 died December 4. 

Mildred Phinisee Davis died December 6. 

Robert Burke Shute died December 15. 

Eloise McKibben 

Eloise Fleming McKibben, administrative assistant 
to the DSU V.P. for Academic Affairs, died of cancer 
on August 18, 1998. A Belzoni native and 1972 DSU 
graduate, she was a member of Covenant 
Presbyterian Church in Cleveland. 

Elizabeth Dakin 
Emily Elizabeth Dakin, 89, longtime DSU librarian, 
died Sept. 25, 1998, at Bolivar Medical Center in 
Cleveland. Graduating from Shaw High School in 
1926, Dakin attended Whitworth College, Delta State 
and the Univ. of Miss, before graduating from 
Randolph Macon Women's College in 1930. After 
earning a library of science degree at George Peabody 
College, she was the librarian at Delta State for 38 
years before retiring in 1974 as a professor emeritus of 
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Call the BPAC Box Office at 846-4626 
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Capps Archives & Museum 

Spring & Summer Exhibitions 

In addition to the "History of Delta State University" exhibition that 
runs for the current school year, the Charles W. Capps, Jr. Archives and 
Museum Building also features historical, musical and photographical 
exhibitions this spring and summer. 

Running through March 5 
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'Deltascapes: The Delta 25 Years Ago" 

"Unearthing The Past: Historic and 
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te graduate and former commandant of the U.S. WAVES, 

■res a moment with General Henry H. Shelton, chairman of 

Joint Chiefs of Staff and top military advisor to the 

siderrt during his visit to the campus to address the annual 

meeting of the Delta Council. 

Sanders, named DSU's Outstanding Alumna in 1962, 
became Assistant Chief of Naval Operations and Director of 
the WAVES in 1961, serving in that capacity until her retire- 
ment in 1966. At her retirement ceremonies she was awarded 
the Legion of Merit after having been previously awarded the 
American Campaign Medal, Korean Service Medal, National 
Defense Service Medal, and the United Nations Service 

March 4 

Miss DSU Pageant 

April 24 

Sports Hall of Fame Banquet 

March 25 

Teacher Recruitment Day 

April 26 

Spring Choral Concert 

April 13 

Honors Day 

April 27 

Spring Honors Recital 

April 19 

Renaissance Spring Concert 

May 8 


April 24 

Athletic Alumni Golf Tournament 

May 15-22 

Renaissance Reunion Cruise